Great Post ! You wrote what I have
been thinking about for over a year!! I know soo many people who were
truly born again but did not have the insight and knowledge many of us do, even
the relationship with Christ that we do. My parents for instance got
saved, truly saved toward the end of their lives. Back in their
day, they only knew how to pray and boy, did my mother ever pray especially for
me because I was the rebel in the family. Today I am the one in the family
(my siblings) who knows the Word and has a real relationship with HIM. I
share the gospel, have brought many people to the Lord by the leading of the
Holy Spirit, and study as much as I can with prayer. My brothers who
were and still are 'good' people are not saved. One refuses to believe in
God but the SEED IS planted in them and thus I trust the LORD will have
exceedingly great Mercy on them.
I believe my parents will be among
the dead in Christ who will rise up at the rapture. And should my brothers
get saved moments before the rapture, I believe they too will be raptured
! All true believers imho will be raptured. The rewards on the other hand, will not be the same across the
Sometimes, it is hard to distinguish true believers from Christians in name
only. My religious relatives have passed away. They were good
people and disciplined people but I don't know if they got saved. They
talked more about 'the Virgin Mary than GOD. :-(
I pray the Lord Jesus through His Holy Spirit revealed Himself to them
before they departed.
Then there are the carnal
Christians. Some really talk the talk but their lives don't testify the
working of the Spirit and His Word in them. They go to church. They
pray but never open up to fellowship, never talk about the Lord or the things of
the Lord. Others may talk the talk, but looking at them and watching their
lifestyles, you can't tell if they really are saved. I'm sure SOME
Then we have the scriptures in
Revelation 2 & 3 (among others in the bible) that warn us of being deceived
and of being luke warm !
So this raises the discussion
of who is left behind.
A young friend of mine, who is
also the son of my childhood friend is saved. Both are. But the
young man who knows the Word and has given himself to the Lord has struggled off
& on with sin, with drugs, with 'life'. This past weekend when we were
together, both were excited and fearful of the Lord's imminent return. I
have been explaining and showing them scriptures since 2007 of the nearness of
His Coming. They are NOW finally getting it ! But the young man was
telling me he is freaking out because he knows he has
not been right with the Lord and he told me he needs to. He is soo excited the Rapture is sooo near, yet
he can't bring himself to ask the Lord to help him change his
ways. I think the reason for this is in past years he has been 'on fire'
for God, for the gospel, only to lose his ferver and 'fire'. It could
be he was trying to serve the Lord in the flesh and it burned him
out. His failure took him back to the world. He has gone back
and forth a few times so now he doesn't know what is going to happen to him even
though he's excited about the Rapture!!! His name is James btw..in case anyone is led to pray for him.
Thanks in advance.
For the Lord Himself will descend
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet
of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
This verse says that "the dead in Christ"
will be taken in the rapture. It doesn't say only the "dead in Christ"
that were living holy lives and in obedience to God at the time of their death
will go in the rapture. It seems pretty clear
that the Church body that is already dead will not be resurrected at
two different times, but in this one event described in the passage above.
In other words, if obedience and
holy living was required for one to be resurrected at the rapture, one
group that was good enough would get their glorified body before the
Tribulation and the rest that were not good enough would have to wait and
be resurrected some time later. I do not believe the scriptures teach this
So if the dead in Christ aren't divided as a
group that makes up the body of Christ, then why would the group that is alive
in Christ at the time of the rapture be divided? What would be the
difference between the back-slidden group already dead and the
back-slidden group that is alive at the time of the rapture?